Poll of the week A majority of conservative Republicans 58 percent , Republicans overall 51 percent , Mormons 53 percent , white evangelical Protestants 58 percent and adults in Alabama 51 percent oppose same-sex marriage, according to a survey released this week by the Public Religion Research Institute. The PRRI survey, which relied on more than 40, interviews nationwide conducted in , made a lot of headlines for finding substantial gains in the number of Americans who support same-sex marriage over the past few years.
Overall, 61 percent of Americans say gay and lesbian couples should be legally allowed to marry, compared with 52 percent in a survey conducted by PRRI and the Brookings Institution. A majority of black people 52 percent , Hispanics 61 percent and white people 63 percent back same-sex marriage. The majority of people in all but six states support it. And it has largely receded from electoral politics too. That group really matters because it includes a majority bloc in the Republican Party, which dominates U.
This was meant to signal justices unlike Anthony Kennedy, the Republican appointee who angered conservatives by not only providing the fifth vote in the case invalidating bans on same-sex unions but also writing the majority opinion.
Overall, 33 percent of Americans support that idea, while 60 percent oppose it. The majority of conservative Republicans 59 percent , Republicans overall 52 percent , Mormons 53 percent and white evangelical Protestants 53 percent support such religious-based denials of services. The PPRI survey found some opposition from geographic areas and parts of the electorate that you might expect to more strongly back same-sex unions.
In California, Illinois and Maryland — all deep-blue states — about a quarter of people oppose same-sex marriage , as do 39 percent of blacks and 40 percent of conservative Democrats. This issue may also help explain the growing generational gap in U. Among Americans ages 18 to 29, 77 percent support same-sex marriage, compared with just 47 percent of those 65 and older.
In short, the legal debate over same-sex marriage is over. But questions about the cultural and political acceptance of same-sex marriage and other LGBT rights endure. Other polling nuggets New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has a 50 percent to 28 percent lead over actress and activist Cynthia Nixon ahead of the Sept. But 51 percent of Republicans view media as the enemy, compared with 37 percent who consider it part of a democracy.
Sixty-eight percent of Democrats supported impeachment, compared to 24 percent who did not. The Quinnipiac poll found basically the same thing. Just 18 percent of Republicans want the investigation to continue, while 78 percent want it to end. Democrats are basically the reverse. His disapproval rating among Republicans — 74 percent three years ago — is down to 43 percent. I assume because of his recent favorable comments about Trump. He had a net favorability of among Democrats in , and is now down to That YouGov poll also found that 35 percent of Americans believe celebrities should publicize their personal beliefs, while 36 percent said they should not and 29 percent are not sure.
There is, as always, a partisan split: Forty-five percent of Americans have a favorable view of French President Emmanuel Macron and 43 percent of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, according to a new YouGov poll , putting both ahead of Trump 39 percent favorable in the survey. Ivey is at 47 percent, with her top challenger, Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, at 11 percent.
The generic ballot The Democrats hold a This time last month, the Democrats led by 8 percentage points.
Bush proposed a constitutional amendment to prevent same-sex marriages during his presidential campaign, but few Republican politicians would take such a vocal position against gay marriage today.